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Depth and Complexity  Critical Thinking Task Cards for Literature
Add depth and complexity to your instruction with these Critical Thinking Task Cards for Literature! These tasks cards allow students to deeply analyze any fiction reading material through 11 topics of critical thinking: Big Ideas, Rules, Trends, Patterns, Language of the Discipline, Ethics, Relatio
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Text Dependent Question Stems
My text-dependent question stems are the perfect way to get your students back into the text to find answers to higher-level questions. There are 84 different stems that fit key ideas and details, craft and structure, and integration of knowledge and ideas. There are also examples given for each que
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Depth and Complexity Literature circle/book club pages
A set of student response pages based on Dr. Sandra Kaplan's 11 icons of Depth and Complexity. Perfect for Gifted or Talented students or students in need of enrichment activities. The pages are open enough to work with any book or story (even movies or plays!) but detailed enough to give students
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The Tale of Despereaux ~ A Novel Study
"Come closer, dear reader. I am telling you a story..." This product is a complete novel study over the beloved book "The Tale of Despereaux". Complete with comprehensive questions over each chapter, reader's responses to go along with your Reading Workshop, and numerous enrichment activities to enh
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In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson-Bette Bao Lord CCSS unit study
This is a close reading guide to the book In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson. In Bette Bao Lord's beautiful story of immigration and assimilation, Shirley Temple Wong must learn to make friends and find her way in a country that, at first, does not make much sense to her. Once she finds the
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Higher Order Thinking Skills Task Cards
This pack {recently updated} includes 2 sets of 25 engaging task cards which promote students higher order thinking skills. It includes a zip folder which contains: ♥ 25 colored task cards ♥ 25 black & white task cards *******************************************************************
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Inference Task Cards
Inference task cards - Making inferences is an important comprehension strategy for students to learn. Students often have a great deal of difficulty making inferences. These inference task cards are specifically designed to actively engage students by using real life photographs. Students will mak
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BOOK ACTIVITIES: Literature, Critical Thinking, Literacy Center, Caldecott Books
CRITICAL THINKING: Story Sleuths Literature Bundle (Caldecott books) Story Sleuths I, II, and III Bundle delivers 3 products at a money saving price. You will receive 12 weeks of clues for the Story Sleuth challenge; an enrichment unit using Caldecott Award winnin
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BOOK ACTIVITIES: Literature, Critical Thinking, Literacy Center, Caldecott Books
CRITICAL THINKING: Story Sleuths II Literature (Caldecott books) Continue the fun from STORY SLEUTHS I with 4 more weeks of critical thinking. Using Caldecott Award winning books, Story Sleuths II is designed to be conducted as whole school enrichm
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Nim's Island by Wendy Orr - Higher Order Thinking Novel Study
This novel study is organised into the 16 chapters of the book. Each chapter has 7-12 questions, all of which elicit higher order thinking (no lower-order questions such as what, who, where etc are included). BONUS- A page with suggested teaching guidelines and a series of short "Final Activities"
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Book Reports: Novel Series RAFT
Novel Series RAFT is a book report option designed to creatively assess novel series, pushing students beyond simple recall to synthesis, evaluation and application levels of understanding. RAFT is an acronym for Role Audience For
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Dear Mr. Blueberry Open-Ended Creative/Letter Writing Liturature Unit
Dear Mr. Blueberry Open-Ended Creative/Letter Writing Liturature Price: 42 pages X .5 = $2.10 Unit includes: 1. Goals 2. Unit directions 3. Materials needed 4. Whale Facts 5. Whale facts learned from the story 6. Answer Keys 7. Vocabulary development 8. Comprehension activities 9. Critical Thinki
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Runaway Ralph - A Novel Study, Ch. Qs, Quiz, Activities
This unit can be used as a whole class book study, literature circle or small group study or an independent study packet. There are comprehension questions for each chapter requiring written answers, or the questions can be used as discussion questions. The questions include a variety of comprehensi
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Reading Genre Passport
If your reading textbook is anything like mine, it jumps back and forth from one genre to another each week and sometimes I just don't feel like students have had enough time to interact with a single genre in order to really know it. Each genre study lasts between 2 and 3 weeks, depending on the
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Bud, Not Buddy Powerpoint Study Guide
This is a chapter by chapter Power Point study guide I used with my fourth and fifth grade students. It includes comprehension questions for each chapter, extended response questions, ISAT prep writing questions, and key vocabulary visuals for several chapters. I displayed the appropriate chapter s
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Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo (CCSS aligned unit study)
Bink and Gollie, by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, have to be the most appealing characters in children's literature. While total opposites, they can teach our children so much about friendship. In the first book, Bink and Gollie, children read three short stories: Don't You Need a New Pair of So
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Roald Dahl's "Matilda" Chapter by Chapter Novel Study- Higher Order Thinking
This novel study is organised into the 21 chapters of the book. Each chapter has 7-18 questions, all of which elicit higher order thinking (no lower-order questions such as what, who, where etc are included). The novel study was developed by me for use with my Grade 1/2 gifted and talented class b
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Reading Comprehension Passage for Gifted and Talented Learners (The Fog)
Accountable talk never looked better than when discussing this passage with questions for students to ponder. Provided is a short story with fourteen statements aimed to start strong discussion within the class. Students must decide if the statements are true, false, or if they can't tell. How much
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Independent Novel Study Student Journal
This 100 point independent novel study comes complete with activities for literature analysis, vocabulary analysis, character analysis, literature small-group discussion, plot mapping, and choices for an alternative book report. Just insert the novel, plug, and play! Included are explana
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February Creative Writing Projects for Upper Elementary Projects
NO-PREP, February themed creative writing projects for upper elementary students that cover famous February birthdays, famous February holidays and important February dates in history! An authentic way to get your students excited about writing. Nine fun, engaging and creative writing projects wit
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Guided Reading Bookmarks Volume 1
I am so excited to be able to share this reading resource with you! These simple ideas and "Reading with a Purpose" bookmarks have radically changed my reading instruction this year!!! Do you want your students to read more effectively during silent or independent reading? Do you want to improve
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Gifted Book Club or Novel Unit: Top Secret by John Gardiner
This book club or novel study unit on the book, Top Secret by John Reynolds Gardiner is suitable for highly able or gifted readers in grades K-2. The journal questions require thinking and responding at Bloom’s higher levels (evaluation, synthesis and evaluation) The questions and activities focus o
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Higher Order Thinking Skills - task cards {The Three Little Pigs}
Higher Order Thinking Skills Task Cards - The Three Little Pigs: 36 task cards included in color and black and white.These higher order thinking skills task cards are designed to be used with the story of the Three Little Pigs. *****************************************************
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Odd Velvet Social Skill Activities and Discussion Questions
This is a perfect picture book that can used with students in K-5. These activities and discussion questions are perfect to utilize during class meeting times or small group social skills or counseling sessions. They can be completed over the course of 5 consecutive days or they can be utilized inde
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Olympic Reading Challenge
GREAT FOR GIFTED AND TALENTED STUDENTS AND/OR STUDENTS WHO NEED MOTIVATION!!! PURPOSE: The purpose of the Reading Olympics is to motivate students to read different genres and increase the number of pages they read. INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE: The Olympic Reading Challenge can be used anytime during th
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Gifted Book Club or Novel Unit:  Surprise Island (The Boxcar Children # 2)
This book club or novel study unit on the book, Surprise Island (The Boxcar Children# 2) by Gertrude Chandler Warner is suitable for highly able or gifted readers in grades K-2. The questions and activities focus on characters, setting, plot, and the events in the story. The work requires thinking
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True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle-Novel Study
This novel study is great to challenge any group of students to think critically and deeply about this young girl ahead of her time! The book is divided into four sections, each containing key vocabulary words, and reading analysis like: text to self connections, theme, mood, character and plot dev
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Socratic Seminars and Philosophical Chairs
Teaching kids to be more philosophic helps them acquire new ways of expressing themselves and innovative ways of thinking. It pushes students to be more logical, think critically, connect ideas, and to be more accepting of opposing views. Through the use of Socractic Seminars and Philosophical Cha
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Guided Reading Bookmarks Volume 2
I am so excited to be able to share this reading resource with you! These simple ideas and "Reading with a Purpose" bookmarks have radically changed my reading instruction this year!!! Do you want your students to read more effectively during silent or independent reading? Do you want to improve
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Crow Call by Lois Lowry GATE Literacy and Metaphors - Hands-on
Haven’t discovered this book yet? It book went straight to the top of my picture book recommendation list—both for adults and advanced learners—for its wonderful illustrations, its depth, its reference to a time gone by, and for its story of the connection between a girl and her father. Fabulous.
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Ungifted Novel Study Lesson Plans-Gordon Korman
This book was a hilarious and heartfelt novel in which one middle-school troublemaker accidentally moves into the gifted and talented program—and changes everything. You get everything you need for the price of less than one novel. My lesson plans are very detailed. They expose students to many lit
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Guided Reading Bookmarks Volume 3
I am so excited to be able to share a 3rd edition of this excellent reading resource with you! These simple ideas and "Reading with a Purpose" bookmarks have radically changed my reading instruction this year!!! Do you want your students to read more effectively during silent or independent readin
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Julie of the Wolves -- Independent GATE Reading Project Upper Elementary
Have a student or group of students who are beyond the group in language skills? Use this independent reading project for a challenging, self-guided study. Teachers will meet students’ needs. Students will be engaged and self-directed. Parents will be happy. It’s printable and ready to go today
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The Tail of Despereaux Chapter-by-Chapter Higher Order Thinking Novel Study
260 chapter-by-chapter questions (& many also contain multiple parts) + BONUS final activities for independent or group projects. Questions focus on comprehension of the text, and the author techniques and language & grammatical features used. ALL QUESTIONS INVOLVE HIGHER ORDER THINKING TH
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Stone Fox Reading Trifold
A reading foldable of higher order, open-ended discussion questions based on the book, Stone Fox. Questions are on both sides. Key focus: Making inferences, Visualizing, Cause and Effect, Making connections, and Evaluate
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Savvy Novel Study Lesson Plans - Ingrid Law
Thirteen is when a Beaumont’s savvy hits—and with one brother who causes hurricanes and another who creates electricity, Mibs Beaumont is eager to see what she gets. But just before the big day, Poppa is in a terrible accident. And now all Mibs wants is a savvy that will save him. My students love
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Bud, Not Buddy: Figurative Language
This is a great worksheet to use with the novel Bud, Not Buddy. I tell my students that it is a fun scavenger hunt for figurative language. Students are asked to define the following literary terms: simile, metaphor, personification, idiom, hyperbole, symbol. Students identify figurative language
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Higher Order Thinking Skills Task Cards Little Red Riding Hood
Higher Order Thinking Skills - task cards: 38 task cards These higher order thinking skills task cards are designed to be used with the story, Little Red Riding Hood. Prior to using these cards you will need to read the popular story to your class. Student’s will also need to understand the meanin
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Reading Comprehension Passage to Enhance Accountable Talk (Our Story)
Accountable talk never looked better than when discussing this short story (paragraph) with questions for students to ponder. Provided is a short story with twelve statements aimed to start strong discussion within the class. Students must decide if the statements are true, false, or if they can't t
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Questions for any fiction books.
These are comprehension discs that have questions in every level of Bloom's Taxonomy. You can use these in a variety of ways. Literature circle discussions, homework, independent class work, differentiated instruction, differentiation within groups, assessment and so much more. Copy and laminate
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Pippi Longstocking Literature Response Log
This is a Literature Log for Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren Grade level Equivalent: 5.2 I use the literature log with small groups who are homogeneously grouped by reading level or interest. The literature log is a way for students to discuss and respond in writing to each chapter of the b
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Diary of a Fly Comprehension Questions Pack
This pack provides a vocabulary list with comprehension questions to use with the whole class or small groups. Older students can do the activities in a pair or on their own. The teacher pages are first and followed by the student pages. The questions cover all level of Bloom's Taxonomy and provid
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Inside Out and Back Again Novel Study Lesson Plans - Thanhha Lai
This is a beautifully written book told by a young refugee girl who comes to America from Vietnam and must navigate old and new traditions. A great historical fiction that my students loved! You get everything you need for the price of less than one novel. My lesson plans are very detailed. They
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Community Helpers Task Cards
Community Helpers Task Cards: Higher Order Thinking Skills (35 colored & 35 b&w). These task cards are designed to be used when undertaking a unit about 'Community Helpers.' Each task card is color coded, based on Edward Debono’s Six Thinking Hats. These cards are perfect f
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Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express READING + STEM Elementary GATE
If you’ve come to know my units, you’ll find the same sort of critical thinking and hands-on exploration and creativity here . . . Come all the way across the curriculum from READING to STEM activities in this hands-on unit. My advanced group 2nd graders loved this! I would use this for advanced
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Higher Order Thinking Skills Task Cards {Jack and the Beanstalk}
Higher Order Thinking Skills Task Cards - Jack and the Beanstalk: 38 task cards included in color and black and white.These higher order thinking skills task cards are designed to be used with the story of the Jack and the Beanstalk. ***********************************************
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GULLIVER'S TRAVLES & Satire Unit
The following unit instructs students on how satire can provide meaning or enlighten one regarding an illogical situation. Through this unit students will learn the concept of satire and explore the way that satire can change the way a person views the world—self, others, society. Students will anal
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Writing Process : Show Don't Tell in Writing for Promethean Board
Here is a Promethean Board flipchart that helps students to understand the value of showing in writing and to practice the skill. I have used this with gifted students in grades three through five. If you do not have Active Software, you may purchase an identical version to this
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Book Club Job Bookmarks
I have created bookmarks for students participating in Literature Circles/Book Clubs to use during and after reading. The 6 bookmarks included are to be used to remind students what their job is for the week and prepares them for upcoming group discussion(s). Job Roles included: Literary Luminary
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The Schwa Was Here Literature Unit
This humorous, gritty book is perfect for the pre-adolescent or middle school literature circle! With the literature book touching upon themes of "labels", fitting in, and families, coupled with sarcastic, appropriate tween humor, the activities in this book are tailor-made for cluster-groups or
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Mystery Novel Study
This project packet includes all elements for a successful independent reading assignment on the Mystery Genre! Page 1- Explanatory page including requirements and definition of mystery elements Page 2- Checkpoint assignments to monitor reading progress Page 3- Explanation of the Mystery Puzzle Pro
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The Indian in the Cupboard Higher Order Thinking Novel Study Questions
This novel study is sequenced by chapters. Each chapter has between 5 and 12 questions. ALL questions are higher order thinking questions based loosely on Bloom's Taxonomy and the Williams Model. There are no "time filler" questions! I created this novel study for use with my Grade 1/2 gifted and
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